The mayor of Somerset laid off a city employee in retaliation for the woman's filing a criminal complaint against another city worker, according to a federal lawsuit.
An attorney representing Brenda Cruey filed the lawsuit Tuesday, naming the city, Mayor Eddie Girdler and the other city employee, Rhon A. Blevins, as defendants.
Cruey was the supervisor of concessions at the city's SomerSplash water park, and Blevins worked there.
Cruey said in an interview that Blevins got mad when he couldn't get a customer's credit card to work May 23 and that he became aggressive toward her when she told him to calm down.
Blevins, "in an uncontrolled rage, chest- and head-butted" Cruey, the lawsuit said.
Cruey filed a menacing charge against Blevins to protect herself and others, the lawsuit said.
Police arrested Blevins on May 31. Cruey was laid off the next day, the lawsuit said.
The city attorney had told Cruey she would not be disciplined for filing a charge against Blevins.
However, Girdler said Cruey was laid off because she filed the complaint, the lawsuit alleges.
The city later called Cruey back to work but with reduced authority and hours, the lawsuit said.
Blevins was convicted of menacing, the lawsuit said.
Cruey's lawsuit argues that Blevins committed battery and that Girdler and the city violated her rights.
The lawsuit seeks $10,000 in lost wages; $300,000 to compensate Cruey for past and future medical expenses, diminished power to earn money, and pain, embarrassment and humiliation; $100,000 in punitive damages from each defendant; and reinstatement as a supervisor.